Reader/Principal Lecturer

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - Theatre Practice

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is seeking to appoint a dynamic theatre practitioner and educator to a senior role in its flagship Theatre Practice Department. The Reader or Principal Lecturer in Theatre Practice will work with an established team of subject experts, leading courses across specialist areas of theatre and performance crafts, production and design. The team shares responsibility for the maintenance and enhancement of the curriculum, ensuring both the currency of the programme as a world-leader in its field, and its fit within the changing environment of the twenty-first century cultural industries.

The ideal candidate will possess knowledge across an overview of specialist disciplines involved in theatre production, a clear understanding of how traditional roles are changing as well as particular expertise within at least one area of current or possible future programme specialist provision. The post is a permanent appointment as Reader/Principal Lecturer, serving as Head of Theatre Practice for a three-year (renewable) term upon taking the position.

As Head of Theatre Practice, you will maintain oversight of the BATP programme, working with the Deanery and colleagues across the School under the guidance of the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience plan. You will also ensure alignment with best industry and academic standards of practice and determine how best to fit the changing needs and expectations of the cultural industries in developing graduates in the technical arts, design, crafts and production management. You will have a vision for theatre production training and will collaborate with academics across the school, as well as with industry and national/international colleagues to develop new and interdisciplinary provision, including possible additional qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Readers/Principal Lecturers are expected to teach, assess and plan a range of units across the programme and/or school, as well as maintaining a recognised position of authority with a developing national or international profile within their specialist area in research (as defined by the UK research excellence framework) or  scholarship (integrated, pedagogic or applied, including professional practice).

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Closing date for receipt of application forms is 9am on 22 January 2018. 

It is anticipated that interviews and assessments will take place on 05 February 2018.